SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Time is up for the 2013 hurricane season. Despite meteorologists forecasting a busy season, the only storm that Emergency Management agencies in South Mississippi prepared for was Tropical Storm Karen. But that system broke apart before making landfall.
Now officials say it's time to prepare for other hazardous weather situations.
"We're into our cold weather, but we're also into the second season of tornados. So as cold weather comes down we're starting to warm back up," said Rupert Lacy the Harrison County Emergency Management Director.
Lacy says when warm and cold air collide it can potentially bring severe weather like tornados and severe thunderstorms. The key to being safe during severe and cold weather is knowing what the dangers are.
"One of the things that get a lot of people is hypothermia. That's a wind on top of the cold weather. Skin starts to dry out, people feel real irritated. They go in to getting warm and they use substandard type heating and then that can cause that carbon monoxide, which is that silent killer," Lacy said.
He also says make sure your outdoor pets have a warm place to go during the cold and make sure your home is weather proof. According to the Center for Disease Control:
- Have a professional check your heating system.
- Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from furniture.
- During extreme cold let water taps drip continuously.
- Never leave a fire unattended and protect your pipes and wells.
Even with a lackluster hurricane season, Lacy says the ever changing weather in South Mississippi means residents should always be prepared.